Ireland Cycle Explorer Guided

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Ireland Cycle Explorer Guided information and booking

from
$1360
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-20
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights B&B's
Equipment Required
Cycle helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, sandshoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling through the heart of the Connemara
  • Exploring the quaint villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the rugged coastal landscape
  • Enjoying the warm Irish hospitality

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Discover Ireland's natural beauty as you cycle the scenic sealed back roads of Connemara. A region encompassing rugged coastline, mountains and ancient monuments, Connemara is rich in culture and heritage. From the bustling medieval hub of Galway to the ancient stone forts of the Aran Islands, there is plenty to explore. During this week long guided cycle journey, you will appreciate the coast, country and world famous Irish hospitality. A highlight is the ride through the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Connemara's highest mountain, Ben Bury. At Clifden we allow plenty of time to go walking, horse riding or just relax in the pretty town or on the tranquil white sandy beaches.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – irish breakfasts are served and usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon / sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices.
  • 1 evening meal
  • 7 nights accommodation in bed & breakfast accommodation on a twinshare basis
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • 24 speed hybrid touring bike equipped with panniers, tool kit and helmet – our partners reserve the right to charge for any damages caused due to loss or negligence.
  • Tour guide who drives the luggage van and looks after the tour
  • Coach transfer from galway to clonbur
  • Aran islands ferry ticket
  • Map and travel documentation

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Galway, transfer to Clonbur
Meeting with the guide at 6.00pm in Galway. After dinner and an introductory chat from the guide we take a coach transfer to the village of Clonbur which lies on the peninsula between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, on the Galway/Mayo border. Once settled into our accommodation there is a chance to enjoy a drink and some traditional Irish music.
Day 2 Clonbur to Westport (60km)
Once fitted out with bikes, we head north along the quiet backroads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, before descending to Lough Mask and a wonderful cycle along the shores of the lake. After lunch we have our biggest climb of the week over the Partry Mountains and then cycle along a quiet back road with stunning views of the surrounding landscape all the way to the colourful village of Westport.
Day 3 To Leenane (52km)
Today's cycle route takes us between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we head south through one of the highlights of the week, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury the highest mountain in Connemara. Tonight we will stay in the small village of Leenane, which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
Day 4 To Clifden (58km)
We cycle into the heart of Connemara to visit Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. We then head along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle to the seaside village of Cleggan where we may stop for lunch. In the afternoon we follow the scenic coast road to Clifden, where you can watch cars travel across the beach to Omey Island, which is only accessible when the tide is out! Clifden, where we will overnight for the next two nights, is the capital of Connemara and is a pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200 years ago at the whim of John D'Arcy.
Day 5 Rest Day in Clifden
The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, a game of golf or horse riding. You can also spend the day just relaxing on one of the two beautiful white sandy beaches which line the indented coast line or visit the landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art gallleries, bookshops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional music sessions.
Day 6 To Rossaveel, then ferry to Aran Islands (58km)
We cycle out of Clifden along beautiful waterside roads crossing extensive wild bogs with freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains. Our afternoon cycle takes us through Gaelic speaking areas to the ferry in Rossaveel which will bring us to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where we will spend the night. Note: Due to operational reasons the ferry company are unable to bring bikes to and from the Aran Islands. A rental bike will be available to you for your cycle on the island.
Day 7 Explore the Aran Islands and return to Galway (35km)
The day can be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights. In the late afternoon we return to the mainland and take a bus back to Galway city. We have a final dinner and night on the town together before going our separate ways the following morning. You have all day to cover the trip so you can take your time to stop at places of interest. With the exception of roads in and out of Galway the traffic on the route should be quite light. However you should cycle carefully at all times, especially when going downhill or during any rain showers.
Day 8 Trip concludes Galway
The trip concludes after breakfast.